The Supervet

Series 9 - Episode 4



Since Fitzpatrick Referrals was set up 11 years ago, it’s treated 350,000 different animals but what the patients all share is the unconditional love of their owners. However, Caroline has more love to give than most: she brings 14 of her rescue dogs in to the consulting room, including Cookie, a tiny papillon with debilitating arthritis.

At the other end of the scale is Guinness, a seven-stone Burmese mountain dog with a spinal infection that suddenly paralysed his back legs. “It’s not looking good,” says Noel sorrowfully. When, several weeks after the operation, Guinness voluntarily urinates outside, it’s cause for celebration. Dog owners will understand.


Documentary following the work of pioneering veterinary practice Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, where orthopaedic-neuro veterinary surgeon Noel Fitzpatrick and his team help some of the nation's hardest-to-cure pets using cutting-edge procedures. A woman arrives with 14 of her rescue dogs, including a tiny papillon in need of a double knee replacement. Noel and his team also fit a German shepherd with a specially designed bionic foot, and treat a mountain dog that is suffering problems with its spine.

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer Alex Sutherland
Series Producer Lucy Kennedy